DOMINION by Shane Arbuthnott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Though some of the physics may leave some readers dizzy, feisty young Molly will keep them grounded in this page-turning mystical adventure. (Steampunk. 10-14)"
A steampunk adventure forces its young protagonist to choose which side she's on. Read full book review >
THE TIME MUSEUM by Matthew Loux
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A first rate kickoff: fresh, fast, and funny. (Graphic science fiction. 10-13)"
Both deadly dangers and exciting research opportunities await science-mad Delia Bean once she stumbles into a museum with portals to any time and place on Earth. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Thoughtful and brimming with justified teen angst, Kearney's fast-paced tale offers illuminating insights into the perils and rewards of self-discovery. (Verse fiction. 12-18)"
A college-age adoptee searches for her birth mother. Read full book review >
THE BLAZING BRIDGE by Carter Roy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A strong and satisfying conclusion to a wild and hilarious ride. (Adventure. 10-14)"
The final book in the Blood Guard trilogy finds Blood Guard-in-training Ronan "Don't call me Evelyn" Truelove battling the murderous Bend Sinister all over New York City. Read full book review >
OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST by Susin Nielsen
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Another lovely outing from Nielsen. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Consumed with guilt over the death of her baby sister, a girl struggles simply to get through each day. Read full book review >

THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Building on the great success of his Newbery-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander provides advice and life lessons to young readers, drawn mostly from the world of sports and organized by a schema of "rules." Read full book review >
CALICO GIRL by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black girl's journey toward freedom during the Civil War. (afterword, bibliography, endnotes) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A young enslaved girl embraces the promises and uncharted world of freedom in the early days of the American Civil War. Read full book review >
LAST DAY ON MARS by Kevin Emerson
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Enigmatic enemies, sabotage, space travel, and short, bone-wracking bits of time travel make for a banging adventure. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
All remaining humans are leaving Mars for a distant planet, but departure day goes sideways. Read full book review >
ADDIE BELL'S SHORTCUT TO GROWING UP by Jessica Brody
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Warm, if frothy, acknowledgment of the value of keeping true, longtime friends. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
On the eve of her 12th birthday Addie wishes she were 16. Read full book review >
THE WISH GRANTER by C.J. Redwine
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Satisfying fare for fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
In a companion book to The Shadow Queen (2016), Ari becomes a reluctant princess when her brother makes a disastrous deal with the notorious Wish Granter. Read full book review >
BY YOUR SIDE by Kasie West
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A simmering romance that gives weight to mental health and hard choices. (Fiction. 13-18)"
After a weekend trapped in a library together, two teens from different social stratospheres are drawn to one another. Read full book review >
ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST by Mary  Losure
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Narrative nonfiction at its best and most convincing. (acknowledgements, source notes, bibliography, index not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The last of the magicians: Sir Isaac Newton. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >